Traffic laws are not always clear. In fact, sometimes they can be downright confusing. Although Texans know that they have to stop at a red light and turn left, other rules are not as clear. For example, what rules apply when you are in a parking lot?
If you were involved in an accident in a parking lot in Texas, you may be wondering how the fault will be determined in your case. The answer depends on a number of factors.
First, those in parking lots have to give way to oncoming traffic. These drivers have no right of way. This applies both to private parking spaces used by companies and to public spaces used by cities and municipalities.
If a person drives back from a parking lot and hits another vehicle, the driver who leaves the parking lot is likely to be found guilty. Those on the main roads in parking lots have right of way. Drivers in parking lots have to wait until traffic is clear before leaving their place.
What if two cars pulling away from parking spaces collide? This situation is a little more complicated. Depending on the circumstances, a single driver can be held liable or both drivers can share liability.
To assist you in finding a mistake in your case, you should hire an experienced Texas auto accident attorney as soon as possible. These lawyers examine accident reports, photos, and other types of evidence to identify all those responsible and to hold them accountable for your injuries.
The elements of a motor vehicle accident claim
Traffic accident claims are a kind of negligence claim. In an action for negligence, injured victims must provide evidence of:
- The guilty party owed the victim a duty;
- The duty was violated because the culpable party was negligent; and
- The negligence of the culpable party was the direct cause of the victim's harm.
All drivers are obliged to operate their vehicles safely and appropriately. To be safe and sensible, the traffic rules must be followed.
If someone returns from a parking lot and hits your vehicle and causes your damage, you may be entitled to compensation. Such a person would not have had the right of way, and failure to comply with the right of way is a kind of negligence in a car accident.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you can be entitled to a high amount of damages. Your damage may include:
- Medical expenses, including emergency room bills, surgery bills, and ambulance bills
- The cost of future medical care that may be needed, such as: B. Physiotherapy and additional operations
- Loss of wages if you were forced to miss time from work to recover from your injuries
- Loss of ability to work if you were forced to take a poorly paid position than the one you were in before your accident
- Loss of unemployment benefits such as health insurance
- Pain and suffering that compensate a victim for the physical pain caused by the accident
- Emotional stress if you have suffered from anxiety, depression or other mental illnesses since the accident
- Property damage to your vehicle
Other damage may also be present. Your Texas personal injury attorney will identify any available damage in your claim and ensure that proper evidence is provided to improve your chances of domination.
How long do I have to make a claim?
There is a limitation period for each type of legal case, which specifies a period by which a claim must be made. If an applicant fails to meet this deadline, they can forever lose the right to claim compensation.
Texas has a two-year statute of limitations for auto accident damage. This means that you have two years from the date of your accident to make a claim. However, the sooner you make your claim, the better.
If you were injured, call the Patterson Law Group today
Patterson Law Group lawyers have years of experience in all types of auto accident damage. We offer a free consultation so that you can learn more about your legal options and the services that we offer in our office. To arrange your free consultation, contact us at 817-784-2000.